2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Having a face that literally glows with the glory of God seems like a pretty cool thing, right? When Moses came down from the mountain after meeting with God, his face shone with glory, so much so that he covered his face with a veil.
That was, I imagine, a pretty amazing sight, and yet here we read that this is now considered to have no glory in comparison to the surpassing glory we now can experience in Christ! This must have been quite incredible for the Jews reading Paul’s words to comprehend.
Through Jesus, the new covenant is so much more glorious because it’s not dependent upon my works or my faithfulness to God, but upon the work of Christ on the cross and HIS faithfulness. And unlike Moses’ glory, the glory of Christ does not fade with time.
When we try to get to God through our own efforts our hearts are veiled to God. But now, with unveiled faces we are being transformed with ever increasing glory. Sometimes, I must admit, that I can’t always see my own transformation, but by faith I can believe that this is true – quite exciting, really!
Thank you Jesus, for the incredible freedom that you have bought for us on the cross, and for your transforming work in my life.
Written by Shelley Witt